The internet is a wonderful resource for children to explore, create and connect with others. It opens up a whole wealth of possibilities for discovery but it can also have its pitfalls; it is important to foster independence and exploration whilst keeping children safe.
We take seriously our responsibility for the safety of all pupils and staff. Staff are given training and are aware of the school’s policies and procedures in relation to e-safety. Both staff and pupils are expected to sign and abide by the school’s ‘Acceptable Use of IT’ policy before using computer equipment.
We provide a planned online safety programme as part of Computing lessons which covers both the use of IT and new technologies both inside and outside school. In addition we may also cover topics such as cyber-bullying as part of our regular Circle Time or PSHE provision.
The school hosts online safety talks for parents and carers which are provided by Police Officers from the Dorset Safer Schools Community Team. We also take part in a Safer Internet Day every year. Here is the link to last year: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/blog/safer-internet-day-2021-everything-you-need-get-involved
We can only succeed in keeping pupils safe online by working together with parents to ensure we provide a consistent message.
The NSPCC advises 4 simple rules for working as a TEAM to keep children safe online:
T – Talk to your child about staying safe online
E – Explore their online world together
A – Agree on rules about what’s ok and what’s not
M – Manage your family’s settings and controls
Reporting Online safety Concerns
Parents can report Online Safety Concerns confidentially via a designated email email@example.com
Pupil Code of Conduct
Links to other resources with further information on how you can help your child to stay safe online are available at the top right of this page or click on the links below.
CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection command)
A magazine style website containing tools and advice on keeping children safe online. There are articles to help improve parents knowledge of the kinds of sites their children may be using.
Tips, advice, guides and resources to help keep your child safe online
Information on cyber bullying.
Videos and How to guides to help parents keep up to date with the latest digital technologies with links on how to report concerns and how to get help
A guide to social networks